Nadal calls for two-year ATP ranking period
Apr 22, 2011, 15:51 GMT
Barcelona - Rafael Nadal marched into the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open on Friday with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Gael Monfils and then called for the ATP rankings to be calculated over two seasons, instead of one.
The world number one said the change would decrease pressure on players to compete week after week and would lead to 'a more quite and longer professional career.'
The Spaniard is living proof of the dangers of over-playing after missing Barcelona a year ago to have treatment on a lingering knee injury.
This season, Nadal is fighting to hold off a charge from Novak Djokovic, who has not lost in 2011 and is ranked second on the ATP ahead of Roger Federer.
Nadal, a member of the influential ATP Player Council, said that ranking players over two years of results would mainly benefit fitness.
'We would not have to play ever week as we do now,' he said with some exaggeration after competing during 2010 over 22 weeks that comprised 17 events, including the London Tour final and the four Grand Slams (two weeks each).
'I don't know if it can happen but I will continue to work for it for the benefit of future tennis generations. If it happens we will have a more relaxed life and a longer career.'
Nadal is bidding for his sixth trophy from seven editions in Barcelona and is due to play for seven of the next nine weeks through Wimbledon.